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Ants closed test tube entrance

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:11 am
by Zeroten
Recently, I moved one of my lasius ant colonies into a terrarium with sand and rocks. It also has a ytong nest below the soil, I didn't give them access to it yet, because their colony isn't big enough yet. So, they remained in the test tube covered with aluminium foil. Overnight they closed the only entrance to the test tube with sand and they're not coming out. I can't feed them like this. How to get them to forage the outworld for food?

Thanks for helping

Re: Ants closed test tube entrance

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:54 am
by DictaruraSrl
When they will need food, they will come out. If you overfeed them, they will storage the food and will not come out often.

Re: Ants closed test tube entrance

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:31 am
by Zeroten
DictaruraSrl wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:54 am
When they will need food, they will come out. If you overfeed them, they will storage the food and will not come out often.
Thanks

Can you also tell me why they closed the test tube? Does that mean they are in stress or is this normal?

Re: Ants closed test tube entrance

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:45 am
by DictaruraSrl
They are feeling safe. It is normal.

Re: Ants closed test tube entrance

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:44 pm
by AntsDakota
Zeroten wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:11 am
Recently, I moved one of my lasius ant colonies into a terrarium with sand and rocks. It also has a ytong nest below the soil, I didn't give them access to it yet, because their colony isn't big enough yet. So, they remained in the test tube covered with aluminium foil. Overnight they closed the only entrance to the test tube with sand and they're not coming out. I can't feed them like this. How to get them to forage the outworld for food?

Thanks for helping
Small colonies don't need very much food. Also, small colonies sometimes like their setup more enclosed and secure, as they often feel insecure and vulnerable.